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The Stig: The Untold Story (Top Gear) [Hardcover]

Simon du Beaumarche
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25 Oct 2012 Top Gear
Who is The Stig? Where did he come from? Why does he never speak?

To answer these questions, award-winning biographer Simon du Beaumarche spent a year chasing The Stig and talking to those closest to him, including Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and leading figures from Formula 1, music, movies and the military.

What he discovered is an explosive story of intrigue, influence and a sensational conspiracy that seeks to hide the truth about one of the 21st century’s greatest icons.

Get behind the visor of the man, the myth, the driver, the legend, THE STIG.

Note to customers: This book contains adult humour and some themes that may be unsuitable for children.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905404
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The official biography of Top Gear's tame racing driver, searching for the truth behind the visor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Simon du Beaumarche has written over 40 biographies including True Gristle: The Madonna Story, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Nice To Meat You and the best-selling work John Major: Five Shades of Grey. He is perhaps best known for his TV Quick Book of the Year winner, Cheryl: Cole's from Newcastle. He describes THE STIG as his most challenging project to date.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 12 Nov 2012
By Danny C
Format:Hardcover
This book is hilarious. It's the made up story of the Stig, where he comes from, what he gets up to and all of the bonkers theories about who he is. It has all of the Top Gear favourites, Clarkson, Hammond, May, as well as some brilliant 'interviews' with the stars of F1, movies and films.

This is really laugh out loud funny and it's worth reading just for the script that the biographer uncovers for Stig: the movie (WHY wasn't this made!?).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely funny book 7 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the rather bizarre but very entertaining Stig back story, written by a made-up ‘biographer’. The biographer digs up all sorts of remarkably plausible links with famous names in Formula 1, showbiz and even the military. It’s full of surprises, and it did make me laugh. Real people make appearances throughout, and it’s worth reading for the hilarious Clarkson cameo alone. Also, you’ll see Bernie Ecclestone in a completely new light… If you enjoy the funny side of Top Gear, you’ll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A BBC Mickey take of everything Stig. How the drivel has filled so many pages is the only marvel about this unholy heap of tripe. This book is only useful if bog paper is in short supply - true bum fodder!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of Rubbish 23 July 2013
By RJS
Format:Paperback
As per the others giving it one star - do not buy. It is a load of rubbish and is not funny at all. I didn't even bother to finish it and its off to the car boot now!

The Untold Story - more like the useless story!! author isn't even funny!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 13 Nov 2012
By Mark
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book! it is a made up story of Top Gear's legendary test driver. Getting into the mind set of the Stig had me in stiches. Well worth a read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but just a spoof book 29 Oct 2012
By Mike R
Format:Hardcover
The book made me chuckle. There are plenty of fake stories and pictures. This is a work of fiction and not a biography. It's just like a giant Clakson intro.....Some say he comes from........
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stiggy!!! ... oh yeah! 3 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Predictable, but still makes you smile ..... which, I guess, was the object of the exercise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Stig: The Untold Story 4 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have not completed this book yet. It certainly not as I expected as it is a comical but not factual look at the subject matter.

I read it at short bursts as it gets a bit much in large doses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS STORY SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN TOLD
WHAT A LOT OF CHILDISH NONSENSE THIS IS.
THE WRITER GOT LOST AND I HOPE THAT HE IS NEVER FOUND
Published 8 months ago by rtrefuif
4.0 out of 5 stars for son
this was happily accepted on X Day and was read throughout. xc xc xc xc xcx cx cx xc x
Published 10 months ago by stephen griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Some say...
Very well written, amazing humor, the pictures I formed in my head of the situations discribed in he book... Wonderful!
Published 12 months ago by David Rodrigues
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull...
There is a reason why this is "the untold story" - It's just a shame it didn't stay that way... Read more
Published 12 months ago by JR
1.0 out of 5 stars Just as mindless and disappointing as Clarkson
This was bought for me as a part of a Christmas present. I didn't have the heart to tell them that their money was wasted. What a load of tosh ..... a waste of trees too. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. C. Allison
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've ever read
I honestly thought it was going to be a fascinating insight into The Stig, what it actually is is simply the worst book I've ever read, 3 chapters in and I had already seen enough,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr Cj
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're after genuine information on the stick do not buy this book
This book is completely of the mark when it comes to reviewing the Stig ( get Ben Collins book instead ), the book is very poorly written and is infuriatingly poorly conceived.
Published 19 months ago by Stephan van Brummelen
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute drivvel
This book is completely pointless, its a made up storey of the stig but the writer uses many fictional charachters (and some real) but he portrays everyone as complete idiots. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kylezx7r
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of money and time
This book is a complete waste of money, time and eyesight.

I have never ever been more disappointed with a book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Aussie Dr
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